a backwater cum heritage homestay located on an Backwater Island at
just 25 kilometers from the heart of Cochin
city. It is an hour's drive from the Cochin International Airport
and the tourist hotspots of Alleppey, Kumarakom and Fort Cochin.
the lush tropical greenery of Olavipe Island, Parayil Home 'Thekkanatt'
is one of five Heritage Homes belonging to the Parayil Tharakans.
This century-old mansion is located on a forty-acre organic farm on
the banks of the Kaithappuzha Backwater, the national waterway
between Cochin and Alleppey.
the home of the 'Parayil Tharakans', a well-known Syrian Christian
family of Kerala. Tracing their history over 250 years, the family
proudly claims amongst its sons one Marquis, two Grand Chevaliers,
three members of Kerala Legislative Assembly, several senior
government officials and social leaders.
large and airy bedrooms of the house need no air-conditioning. The
bathrooms attached to the bedrooms offer both cold and warm water
options. This stately heritage home and its estate provide
facilities for both rest and recreation.
pepper, arecanut, mulberry and cassava are also grown on the estate.
Prawn farming is active in the season in the larger ponds and
canals. The canals are also used for rearing the local delicacy-the
pearl spot fish.
hundred varieties of Ayurvedic medicinal plants are cultivated and
preserved here. A short walk away from the house are the lagoons
where prawn farming is done. Nearby are the canals where the
pearl-spot - 'Karimeen' in local parlance, a gourmet's delight - and
other fish grow.
stately heritage home and its estate offer an ideal place for
visitors to absorb a village ambience.
typically visited as a part of itinerary
covering other parts of Kerala.